Broken Cymbal Music
Run time 36:41
Broken Cymbal Muisc
Recorded in February 2009 under self-imposed restrictions, Broken Cymbal Music is Fisher’s most minimalist work to date. Using only a cracked cymbal and a limited selection of objects including a “beater” made from a kebab skewer with a rubber ball on the end, a coin, tin foil and a shoelace. The 9 tracks are all live improvisations recorded over two days. Some are multi layered compositions using a Loopstation, such as the rumbling and clattering first track “Beater skewer, hands”, where others are results of spontaneous action (“Tape” is simply a piece of tape being ripped off the cymbal) or methodical experimentation.
Cover photo and design by Gary
November 24, 2010
Reviewed in Vital Weekly* 675 by Frans de Waard
GARY FISHER - BROKEN CYMBAL MUSIC (CDR by Found In A Skip)
So I never heard of Gary Fisher, and his release is quite poorly packed**, which is a pity, since I think a somewhat attractive cover is a pleasure to open up and enjoy the music. As his music is quite interesting I think its a bit of a pity that the presentation is so lo-fi. I assume that Fisher plays a broken cymbal on these recordings, and the titles indicate what he uses to that end. ‘Beater, skewer, hands’, ‘Rice’, ‘Coin’, ‘Foil’, ‘Shoelace, hands’ - that sort of thing, and he plays with these objects his broken cymbal in an improvising manner, carefully exploring the objects at hand. Occasionally he bursts out in louder bits, but throughout he manages to keep things well under control. Especially in ‘Shoelace, hands’ this leads to interesting results of low rhythm based music. Although not entirely ‘silent’ as some of his peers would do these things, Fischer created an interesting solo work that should put him a bit on the map of improvisers and hopefully some fine collaborations.
Vital Weekly 675 (2009)
Review by Franz de Waard
*Vital Weekly is a weekly email magazine with reviews of experimental music.
**the cover has since been redesigned to the one you see on this page.